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They Planted A Stone
Description: British documentary that portrays how the construction of the Sennar Dam, part of the Gezira Scheme, transformed the agriculture of the once barren plains and improved the quality of life for the locals.
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Clip #: TFA-311B
Length: 25:57
Year: 1954
Color: B/W
Sound: Sound
Library: TFA Network
Decade: 1950s
Region: Africa
Country: Sudan
Subject: Agriculture
Original: 16mm
1950s, Africa, Sudan, aerial water from torrential rains running down mountains to plains, flooded land, Nile River, men hoisting water from river in buckets and pouring into irrigation canal, oxen powered water wheel used to irrigate fields, arid plains, desert, Remietab, village of huts, villager waiting anxiously for rains, men and boys sowing dura (millet) crop in days after rainfall, flood, father and son harvesting dura from arid field, father and son pouring grain into storage pit and covering with soil, water being lifted from well in sacks, boy herding livestock, livestock being given water retrieved from well, dreams of Nile flowing across the plains, villagers and herd traveling across desert in search of more fertile land, woman spinning sheep wool into thread, goats grazing on thorn bush bark and roots, meal being prepared from goat milk and unleavened bread made from dura, mother picking up and holding baby, wedding celebration, groom’s head being anointed, hut being built from ground up, newborn boy, man kissing and embracing young son, children milling around hut, boy watching as car approaches village, Caucasian man and crew of native workers disembarking car and shaking hands with villager, Caucasian man looking at plans and through theodolite, men planting marker stone in ground near edge of village, car departing village, boy herding goats past stone, construction of Sennar Dam, S Pearson & Sons, pilot scheme, men looking at cotton crop, Gezira Scheme, model being used to showing previous attempts to use Nile River to irrigate nearby plains, man and son excitedly herding livestock towards abundant foliage, livestock grazing on foliage, boy picking cotton and bringing it over to father to examine, tenant farmers angrily driving livestock away from cotton field and arguing with trespassing farmer, Caucasian man demonstrating to skeptical tenant farmers how Sennar Dam will successfully irrigate their crop fields, completed Sennar Dam, sluice gates, aerial reservoir, canal, worker raising sluice, aerial agricultural fields, irrigated crop fields, workers planting crops, dam company inspectors showing tenant farmers how to use agricultural equipment and sternly explaining how to effectively maintain crop fields, helicopter spraying pesticides on cotton field, farmers picking tall dura crop, cattle grazing on fertile plain, goats being herded near rock planted on outskirts of village, doctor driving to village to tend to ill villager, villagers buying tea and coffee from distant lands at coop, villagers building house using bricks and mortar, men drilling deep well to be used for drinking water, African field inspector driving in car, children seated in school raising hands to respond to teacher, child standing to answer question, children seated at tables in classroom writing, tenant farmer excitedly examining fertile cotton crop, dam company building and workers, construction of Sennar Dam, model showing future irrigation plans in region, sacks of cotton, children and adults picking cotton, factory workers throwing cotton into the air, bell being rung as children joyfully run into school

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